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\\ o* phtosJuly 25zAugust 8, 200; Volume 15, Issue 15
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) Bonaire is exploring vari-
ous options to improve airlift
from the US to Bonaire. Last
week TCB Director Ronella Tjin
Asjoe-Croes, political leader
Ramoncito Booi and TCB New
York's Candice Kimmel held a
meeting to discuss the situation
with airline officials. The strategy
appears to be to encourage Delta
to add a second non-stop flight
from Atlanta, for Continental a
second non-stop from Newark
and for it to continue the second
Houston flight in the peak sea-
sons. American Eagle wants to
increase its Puerto Rico service
from three to five flights a week
in peak times as well. Better air
service between Curacao, Aruba
and Bonaire was sought in sepa-
rate meetings.

) Non-stop flights between
Bonaire and Valencia, Vene-
zuela, began again this past
Friday. Rainbow Air will operate
a 15-passenger aircraft every
Monday and Friday around mid-
day. Valencia is a popular desti-
nation for Bonaireans because of
the medical facilities available
there. Until now the only route
was via Curacao. From Valencia,
the plane flies onward to Caracas.

) Continental Airlines Inc.
said Thursday it had a second-
quarter loss, hurt by record high
fuel prices and weakening eco-
nomic conditions. For the quarter
ended June 30, Houston-based
Continental said it lost $3 million
(3 per share) compared with a
profit of $228 million ($2.03 per
share) a year ago. Excluding $22
million in one-time gains, the
carrier lost $25 million (25 per
share) in the latest quarter. Conti-
nental flies to Bonaire from two
US cities and has no plans to cut
service to Bonaire

) KLM believes that the
Dutch new "environmental
levy" may affect its upcoming
winter schedule to the Antilles.
The increased ticket cost, 45,
will mean fewer people can afford
to fly. An appeal to disallow the
tax was turned down by the High
Court in The Hague last Thurs-

0 KLM increased the fuel
surcharge again because of the
continuing rise in the price of
crude oil. Passengers on intercon-
tinental flights that last more than
nine hours (like the Amsterdam-
Bonaire route) will pay 147 euro
(NAf 415) on top of the ticket
price and other charges. This is an
increase of 14 (about NAf 40).

The Aruban airline, Tiara
Air, expanded its fleet with two
Saab 340A aircraft. The turbo-
prop planes were leased from the
American AeroCentury Corpora-
tion. Tiara Air started flying two
years ago and offers Bonaire-
Aruba non-stop flights. It flies
two Shorts 360s, often called the
747 of commuter aircraft, carry-
ing 36 passengers. The Saab 340s
have a similar capacity and offer a
longer range.

1 Bonaire has been voted the
favorite dive destination in the
world by the About.com Favorite
Dive Destination Reader Poll. In
the final round of the poll, Bon-
aire went head-to-head with seven
other dive destinations from
around the world including the
Philippines, Galapagos Islands
and Cozumel and won with an
overwhelming 51% of the total
vote. About.com, is part of the
New York Times.

Economic growth in the
Netherlands Antilles is expected
to remain strong in 2008 and
(Continued on page 4)

0 Last Thursday State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the
Dutch official most responsible for managing the transition of Bon-
aire out of the Netherlands Antilles into a municipality of Holland,
held an information session for the public in Bonaire's Sporthall.
The meeting's atmosphere was active, open and pleasant, and most
participants appeared to be glad be able to offer their input, which was
translated into Papiamentu as necessary. Between 500 and 700 people
attended the meeting. Approximately half appeared to be European
Dutch Bonaire residents.
In her introductory comments Mrs. Bijleveld explained that on De-
cember 15 the Netherlands will open an implementation office on Bon-
aire, which will be a type of overseas department of the Dutch Ministry.
Then from 11:15 am to 1:30 pm dozens of question were put forward
via several microphones in the audience and also from emails that had
been submitted earlier. Many of the questions were concerned about
how the Bonairean people were being kept informed, the future situa-
tion on the island and the threat to Bonaire's fragile environment and
culture by increased Dutch authority.
As Jong Bonaire official Rene Hakkenberg, explained, "We want
economic growth, but it must in a healthy manner. Now it goes much
too fast. Bonaire's relaxed and peaceful character is at risk."
A questioner expressed concern that the hundreds of Dutch civil ser-
vants the Netherlands has sent, and will send, have little awareness of
Bonaire's vulnerability and traditions but will be responsible for mak-
ing recommendations that will affect the island's future. She asked
urgently that some appreciation of the Bonairean way of life could be
provided to them beforehand. An introduction program about the his-
tory, the culture, the nature, the economic and social situation is neces-
sary. The suggestion was applauded by the audience.
An analogy between David (BES Islands) and Goliath (The Nether-
lands) was brought up. Ms Bijleveld's witty answer about just who had
won that encounter brought laughs from the audience.
While many of Ms Bijleveld's responses were vague and generalized
(the reasons given were that it was too early for answers or that more
study was necessary) she was clear on several key points:
The current Antillean laws will continue in force at the start of the
transition, including those about abortion, homosexual marriage, eutha-
nasia and drugs.
The pensions on Bonaire will not be raised to the Dutch level.
The euro will not be the island's currency. Either the US dollar or
Antillean guilder will continue. Doing otherwise would compromise
Bonaire's competitive position.
The Dutch government will not take over the island's debts to indi-
The State Secretary supports the position that under equal circum-
stances there must be equal treatment of European and Antillean Dutch,
but that when situations differ, treatment will be dealt with on an indi-
vidual basis. Future communication sessions were promised.
Special to The Reporter by Renee Ockeloen


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Transition Info Meeting 2
Skol di Musika Graduation 3
Rotary New Board 3
SGB Cleanup by Church
Members 7
Why Hire an Architect? 8
Tina Woodley Returns 9
Eels On Wheels 9
Snorkelers Notebook-Memories
On the Reef 10
Parrot Watch (Nesting Report-
Why Protect the Lora) 11
Little League Series 12
Third Underwater Cleanup 13
Bonaire Monitor Project 14
Turtle Signal Lost 15
Letters (Universal Drug Use,
Quads) 17
Jona Chirino Named New Manager
ofJong Bonaire 18
Oldest Bonaire Boat (Craane)20
Windsurfing Fever 21

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Dick van der Vaart 5
Bonairean Voices (Government3) 7
Bubbles/Did You Know (coral
Color) 10
Pet of the Week (Jackie) 12
Dining, Shopping Guides 16
Tide Table 17
Reporter Masthead 17
Classifieds 18
What's Happening 19
Picture Yourself (Arctic Circle) 20
Island View (Summer Vacation) 20
What's Coming our Way
(Earthships) 22
Sky Park (King of Planets) 23
Star Power-Astrology 23

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Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

raduation Rotary's New Board
otary Club
R Bonaire held its
turnover of the new Board
at It Rains Fishes restau-
rant earlier this month.
Every year a new Board is
installed by the Past
President in all the Rotary
I L Clubs in the world. Ro-

Some of the Skol di Musika students with teacher Hans Fassen

On Saturday, June 28 there was a graduation performance at the Skol di Musika (Music School)
by its students. That recital is proof that music crosses all cultural and national boundaries.
Selections included classical (Heinrich Wolfahrt, Bach), Jamaica Reggae, popular (Saints go Marching
in, Godspell) and music from Bonaire. Not only was the music international but the students are too.
Gilbert van Arneman, Chairman of the school, opened the program, followed by performances by the
piano students of teacher Hans Faassen: Meralny Bomba, Churmer Bomba, Djayanti Baidjnath-Misier,
Sherigma de Palm, Mitchel de Palm, Greg Linkels, Marko van Silfhout, Shahieb Kartodikrono and
Tony Yang. Students of Sigfried Molina gave a rousing performance of popular and reggae music on
guitar, bass, drums and quarto: Judith Winklaar, Farahnaz, Sereeta, Sharif Myles andNaldo.

Thanks to all for an uplifting afternoon of music by high spirited performers and teachers. 0
L.D. Hans Faassen photos

tary International has
29,000 clubs in 161 coun-
tries world wide with over
1.2 million members. Past President Ruud Vermeulan and
RCB past Board con- new President Frank de Wit
RCB past Board con-
sisted of Ruud Ver-
meulen as President, Huub Groot as Secretary, Corine van der Hout as
Treasurer, Marisela Croes as Past President and Sergeant at Arms, all
who led the Club to a record year in donations and fundraisers. Job
Well Done! The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self!"
Rotary Club Bonaire served the community by donating and some-
times managing up to 24 essential projects, donating over NAf
200.000. Some of them are:
Breakfast in Schools (feeds 280 children every school day); SGB
Hotel School Student's Italy Stage Project; Hardin di Chikitin
Foundation; Youth Outreach Foundation's Christmas Project; Dr
R. Visser Institute Activities Summer Camp Fesbo in six barios,
Stichting Project's Communication Project; School supplies and
uniforms for over 300 school children; Ca'I Mimina Lunch for the
Elderly; and the Bonaire Little League
The new Board 2008-2009 consists of: President Frank de Wit; In-
coming president 2009-2010
Huub Groot; Secretary Majid
el Hoss; Treasurer Bob Ram;
Past President and Sergeant at
Arms, Ruud Vermeulen.
The year's theme is "Make
Dreams Real." 4
Thank you to all those who
support Rotary Club Bonaire
and for the generous contri-
butions. 0 Sara Matera Make Dreams Real

* Located in the quiet neighorhood of Belnem

* Walking distance to ocean

* 3 bedrooms

* 2 bathrooms

* Fine finishings though-out

* Unattached utility room or office space

* Situated on a comer lot of long lease land

* Lot measures 1033 square meters

Listed For: $279,000 USD

Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam.. Continued from
page 2
beyond, although some lessening
is likely due to the slowdown of
the world economy because of the
rising prices of fuel, raw material,
and food and the value of the euro
currency. Central Bank Director
Emsley Tromp stated in the 2007
annual report that the economy
was estimated to grow at approxi-
mately 3% in 2008, supported by
ongoing investments in the con-
struction and tourism sectors, fur-
ther growth in tourism activities,
and the implementation of the So-
cial Economic Initiative. However,
inflation is expected to increase
rapidly to around 5% because gov-
ernment will no longer be able to
absorb part of the continuing in-
crease in international fuel prices
and has started to adjust domestic
gasoline and utility prices. The
separation of Bonaire, Statia and
Saba from the Netherlands Antilles
was not factored into the forecast.

1 A new automated system for
border control and registration
of foreigners will start soon in
the Netherlands Antilles. The
NAf 9 million project, called
"Improvement of the Immigration
Process," will be funded by the
Dutch funding agency USONA.
Justice Minister David Dick said
the police would be responsible for
border control and a new admis-
sions entity would be responsible
for the administrative tasks. He
also announced the introduction of
two new software systems to han-
dle the registration of undocu-
mented persons in the Netherlands
Antilles (at least 30,000 people)
and applications for residence per-
mits. This system will include the
most advanced options for passport

0 Bonaire's Lt. Governor
(Gezaghebber)-to-be, Glenn
Thode, recently visited the is-
land. On October 24 he will take
the job over from Herbert Doma-
casse. Despite their differences in
generation (Gov. Domacass6 is a
grandfather and Glenn Thod6 has
two daughters, nine and seven)
they said they shared many ideas.
Everywhere the prospective
Gezaghebber and his wife,
Mechtild, traveled on the island
they met with warm greetings.
0 The revised TCB Annual
Statistics Report provides exten-
sive information on Bonaire's tour-
ism development. Overall tourism
arrivals showed a strong growth
of 16.9% in 2007 compared to
2006. Bonaire's 74,309 visitors in
2007 is an all-time-high record for
the island. Contact Ms. Rose-Anne
Rollan at 717-8322 or via asstdi-
rector(-Ltourismbonaire.com for a
copy of the report or for more in-
The North American market
increased 19.4% compared to
2006, when it increased by 6.7%.
The major influence in 2007 was
increased US airlift from the
The European market grew by
11.4% in 2007 as compared to a
decrease in tourism arrivals of
6.2% in 2006. European arrivals

Page 4

reached an all-
time-high re- Po'
cord with more
than 31,427
tourist arrivals
in 2007. Arke-
Fly is introduc-
ing a second
flight in Octo-
ber 2008.
The South
market grew
by 25.6% in Are our visitor
2007 as corn- .
Sa c visitor Alan Zal
pared to 2006. r
retirement fro
0 Pope Benedict XVI says the
world's natural resources are
being squandered by
"insatiable" consumption and
urges people to care more for the
environment. He added that non-
violence, sustainable development,
justice and care for the environ-
ment are of vital importance to

1 The recent rains mean all
Bonaireans must raise their
"dengue awareness." The mos-
quito that carries the virus prefers
relatively clean water. The public
is asked to assist by throwing out
stagnant water in flower vases,
discarded tires and other objects
that collect water, cleaning out
gutters and protecting water cis-
terns with mosquito netting.

1 Parliament unanimously
approved the increase of the
minimum wage by 15% last
Wednesday. The increase applies
to all islands of the Netherlands
Antilles with the exception of St.
Maarten which received a 19.1%
minimum wage hike a year and a
half ago, while the other islands
received only an index adjustment.
Additionally, all minimum wage
earners will be exempt from wage
tax and income tax.
However, the Antillean Gov-
ernment said it will not agree
just like that with a 15% in-
crease, said Minister Elvis Tjin-A-
Sjoe of Economic and Labor Af-
fairs. The Minister is an advocate
of a phased increase of the mini-
mum wage and attaches impor-
tance to the advice of the Central
Bank that suggested an increase of
8%. The Minister emphasized that
he doesn't want to be difficult. "I
can easily start acting popular, but
I have to consider the advice that is
now on the table. I would also like
to be able to increase the minimum
wage by 15, 20 or even 30%, but
as minister I must make thoughtful
and balanced decisions.

0 Her Majesty's ship, Van
Speijk (F282), entered Anna Bay in
Curagao to a salute from Fort
Krommelijn. The Van Speijk re-
places the Van Galen as the
Royal Navy's new station ship in

rs crazy for Bonaire? Frequent
de greets his wife, Joan, upon her
m the New York school system.

the Caribbean.
The ship will combat drug smug-
gling, illegal immigration and be
able to provide support in the event
of natural disasters such as hurri-
canes. The Van Speijk will have a
Law Enforcement Detachment of
the US Coast Guard on board. The
frigate is equipped with a West-
land Lynx helicopter and conven-
tional weapons.

0 To raise awareness of the
consumption of oil and its steep
price rise on Sunday, August 3, a
worldwide "Fuel Abstention
Day" has been declared. All
people are advised to avoid activi-
ties that involve significant use of
fossil fuels, especially driving.
Don't purchase extra fuel before or
after, plan at-home events and pass
this message on. It's not the cost
of producing oil that's driving the
price up, it's the demand and the
speculation surrounding that de-

Congratulations to Maria
Lau who has just celebrated 15
years of babysitting on Bonaire.
Here is a photo of her in 1996 with
one of her "clients," Thomas
Wages, who was four months old
at the time. Thomas' father writes:
"Maria took such good care of our
sons and was such a warm person
that we were delighted to hire her
again in 1996. Maria has always
felt like part of our family and we
have stayed in touch with her ever

Lost: Reward NAf

0 On Monday evening, July 14th, Captain Don's Habitat marked
the beginning of an exciting new project to decrease the amount of
plastic debris entering Bonaire's already over-burdened landfill.
General Manager Jack Chalk announced that effective July 15th,
whenever a guest checks in at the resort, he or she will receive a
free sport water bottle with an explanation and recommendation to
drink Bonaire's clean, great tasting, desalinated sea water from the
tap instead of purchasing commercially bottled water.
In conjunction with the free sport water bottle give away, both
Habitat and Rum Runners will cease the sale of commercially bot-
tled water. "By doing so," stated Chalk, "we will effectively reduce
the amount of plastic waste entering Bonaire's landfill." Everyone
at the "Meet the Captain" cocktail party on Monday evening re-
ceived one of the free sport water bottles.
Bottles will also be available for purchase in the Capt's Locker
and at Rum Runners Restaurant for those guests who would like to
have extras or to take home as gifts to friends. They're also avail-
able to anyone wishing to participate in reducing plastic waste on
Bonaire, whether or not they're staying at Habitat. Press Release

Caribbean Homes is now
doing more than selling houses.
They are now acting as a yacht
broker. Their first yacht ad is on
page 11. To see more go to their
website: CaribbeanHomesBo-
naire.com and click on "Yachts."

D Amidst the excitement
accompanying the headlong H
rush towards "direct ties
with Holland" there are
several groups wanting to F
apply the brakes, the De-
mocratic Party and Awor T
Te'Ora for example. Their I
main point is that the defini-
tion of "direct ties" in no
way means becoming a
Dutch municipality and that
UN anti-colonialism guide-
lines were violated.

As we go to press
comes news that the Jong
Bonaire Youth Center
has slashed its fees by
80% in view of the enor-
mous increases in the cost
of food, gasoline, water
and electricity. It means
the lowest income families
pay just NAf20 per year. Tr
More in the next edition.

> Lost Dog "Fons"
"Fons" is a one-year-old
Jack Russell pup who
went missing sometime on
Wednesday, July 16th, at
Punt Vierkant. His owner
is heartbroken. Please, if
you see him or have any
information about him
please call 796-1147 or 786
-2488. There is a NAf 200
reward for his return.



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Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

Profiles: Dick Van Der Vaart, Pioneer In Hyperbaric Medicine

F or years The Reporter tried to get
an interview with Doctor Dick van
der Vaart, a long time resident and medi-
cal doctor on Bonaire. He declined be-
cause his personal story was not what he
considered "interesting enough" to talk
and read about, but his passion for his
profession and some important new devel-
opments made him willing enough to talk
this time. He is the medical spokesman for
the Stichting Recompressie Tank Bonaire.
The Board, consisting of Ike Faber, Henk
Schrijver, Ruud Vermeulen and Martien
van de Valk, has just celebrated the arri-
val, with the support of the Rotary Club,
of a new and ultra modem recompression
tank on the island. The Board set up an
impressive network of contacts, making it
possible to purchase the tank as a wel-
come expansion to medical treatment on

Van der Vaart knew that the new tank he
dreamed about would have to meet current
safety standards. But an additional amount
of NAf 600.000 still needs to be raised,
not only to purchase instruments, but in-
ventory (beds, office supplies). Full scale
preparations are taking place to get the
new tank operational. Although more
funds need to be raised the Stichting
could purchase a bigger, better equipped
and impressive new recompression tank
including all necessary monitors for ex-
tended treatments with a loan from the
OBNA. A new building had to be con-
structed with facilities such as bathrooms
and showers (a patient needs to be show-

ered before going in because suntan lotion
can ignite under high pressure). The tank
weighs 8,000 kilos and had to be lifted
through the roof of the building with a
huge crane.

The first recompression tank arrived on
Bonaire 23 years ago after van der Vaart
took Navy diving training with the Dutch
Royal Navy in Holland. His father had
been in the Navy, so his last name rang a
bell when he took the course. During a
formal dinner with a few naval officers, he

was offered a recompression tank for Bon-
aire. A few months later the tank was
lifted from a Navy vessel onto the pier in
Playa and hoisted onto a big truck. It was
installed in a building next to the hospital.
It took about half a year more before the
tank was operational because compres-
sors, tanks, supplies of fresh air -- every-
thing that the diver's world consists of --
had to be installed as well. This event
added to his medical career by allowing
him to treat dive accidents.
This first recompression tank has been

operational during the entire 23 years. It is
a very compact tank since it had initially
been operated on one of the smaller Navy
ships. It is a multi-place lock chamber,
made of four-inch steel. When the inside
pressure is raised the tank expands, then
shrinks again when the pressure is low-
ered. In 23 years about 400 people have
been treated in the recompression cham-
ber, but because more people had to un-
dergo several treatments it's estimated that
the use of the chamber is at least three
times that figure. The doctor recalls one
case where the person had to undergo
treatment 13 times.

The first tank could only be used in six-
hour increments because there was no
control for the inside temperature. An
enormous amount of fresh air needs to be
put into the tank to ventilate and keep the
temperature from rising even more. In
many cases the treatment should have
been longer than six hours. Keeping a
patient for a minimum of 12 hours on the
treatment table, for example, might have
prevented two fatalities in the past. An-
other disadvantage of the old tank was the
lack of a device to monitor the CO2 level;
the level of CO2 rises by exhalation and
can cause unconsciousness when it be-
comes too high.

Over the years, two more physicians, Dr.
Miranda and Dr. Soer, became part of the
medical team. They alternate working
inside the tank. The doctor, assisted by a
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

Dr. van der Vaart oversees the placement of the new chamber

Page 5

Profiles (Continued from page 5)
paramedic, always stays with the patient
until the condition is stable, then the para-
medic stays with the patient for the rest of
the treatment while the doctor is always
available. All the inside tenders are medi-
cally trained, work as volunteers inside the
tank and are further trained by van der
Vaart himself. The longest a tender has
been working with the physician is over 18
years. It can only be true dedication that
makes and keeps these people working
here. And you have to remember that
working conditions weren't optimal inside
the old tank. Neither the physician nor his
assistants could work standing up because
the space was only 1.60 meters high. One
supervisor and one operator are on duty
outside the tank (there are 24 operators
available in total). They communicate via
intercom with the inside tenders All these
operators come from the dive world, and
they're trained to operate the tank from the
outside. The recompression chamber team
is on call 24/7, according to a schedule.

The new recompression tank has an air-
conditioning system where water is regu-
lated through outside tubes that run all
over and around the tank, keeping the in-
side temperature normal and workable.
This way, the supply of 40 air-buffer bot-
tles is more than sufficient for the opera-
tion. There are back-up systems for every
essential device. The security system is
optimal, because the CO2 level will be
controlled by a CO2 scrubber. There is a
500-liter water fire suppressant system
which can be activated via a sprinkler on
the inside and the outside. Inside the tank
are six seats or two beds, to be used de-
pending on the case.

Besides the adequate treatment of recom-
pression illness, another medical dimen-
sion is opening up for the physician: hyper
baric medicine. This type of medical sci-
ence started some 30 years ago when,
through years of research and practice, the
amazing results of high pressure oxygen
(HBO) treatments of various illnesses be-
came evident. In America and Europe 14
medical non-diving indications are part of
the list for HBO. Physicians who special-

"When all these facilities
are finished, Dr. van der
Vaart's passion will be
complete as well"

ize in this area have specific training. Evi-
dence based medicine and years of re-
search motivated many American aca-
demic hospitals to install their own hyper
baric department since the results of these
treatments have proven to be less costly
than complicated surgery.
Dr. van der Vaart took the HBO medical
training in San Antonio, Texas, years ago
with Jeff Davis, one of the founders of
hyper baric medicine. Bonaire has a dive
site named after him.
The treatment is especially favorable for
wounds. Open wounds that won't heal, like
those on legs, are the result of either poor
circulation in the veins or arteries. Most
non-healing wounds are arterial or venous.
Diabetic or pressure wounds are some-
times complicated by the presence of an-
aerobic bacteria. People who have one of
the above wounds are selected for HBO
treatment via a screening procedure with a
transcutaneous oxygen pressure monitor.

The new recompression tank will be able tively in the penumbra stage. The beauty of

to be used much more intensively than the
old one. Van der Vaart has contacts with
the HBO Centre in Rijnmond (Holland) to
share mutual experiences. Also patients
from Holland who normally can't take a
vacation because of their treatments at
home could continue therapy on Bonaire.
Van der Vaart sees many additional uses
for the new tank. In hospitals sometimes an
air bubble can form in the vessels via an
infusion, and it needs to be treated just like
decompression illness. Smoke inhalation is
another indication for HBO treatment. If
patients with tumors in the neck and head
area are being given hyperbaric oxygen
before, during and after their radiation, the
bone structure will be spared. Without this
therapy bone structure could be severely
damaged. Wound infections with anaero-
bic bacteria were a death sentence for a
patient 40 years ago. Dutch physician, Dr.
Boerma, one of the pioneers of HBO treat-
ment, showed that people with anaerobic
infection can be treated with this therapy.
After severe accidents where serious
bruising occurs (in medical terms, a com-
partment syndrome) the blood circulation
can be fatally obstructed. HBO treatment is
very effective in these kinds of cases.

Genetically, the population of the Antil-
les is apt to develop diabetes, which often
causes leg wounds and wounds that don't
heal. Many of these cases were previously
treated successfully in the old recompres-
sion tank.

Van der Vaart explains that most wounds
are caused by poor circulation. Heart and
brain infarcts- can also be treated effec-

hyper baric therapy is that it not only sup-
plies the vessels with a high amount of
oxygen, but also generates the develop-
ment and growth of new vessels.
The doctor wants to combine a vacuum
facility within the center. In combination
with the HBO method, wound treatment
would be optimal. In addition to the HBO
therapy, different medical modalities for
wound treatment are possible. There are
two very promising treatments available:
wound vacuum therapy, where the wound
is brought under a relative vacuum condi-
tion, which can be alternated with HBO
therapy. The second promising additional
facility could be the use of Human Growth
Factor (H.G.F.) which can be obtained by
centrifuging 200 cc of the patient's blood.
Then the trombocites will be separated
from the remaining blood. An emulsion is
made of the trombocites and used as a
wound dressing.
When all these facilities are finished, Dr.
van der Vaart's passion will be complete
as well: Bonaire will have an optimal and
complete Wound Treatment Center.

After all the inside information that Dr.
van der Vaart has given us here, it be-
comes clear that recompression facilities
aren't essential just for divers, but the po-
tential to establish a
HBO Medical Center
on Bonaire will even
exceed its initial pur-
pose of 23 years ago.
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W e continue on the subject of govern-
ment based on the following two
The member and leader (42) of the Yellow
party PABOSO, Partido Boneriano Sosial
(the Bonairean Socialist Party) made some
important statements about what the party
stands for. She began by saying, "At election
time most Bonaireans vote very emotionally.
They don't screen the political party that's in
power to see how they are governing and the
results. They don't look for more information
before they vote, then after the elected party
takes command the people complain about the
results they don't get. Buying votes is very
obvious in Bonaire and some political parties
use this as their main objective to get more
votes. We joined the Social Democratic Party
because we are looking for equal rights for
every human being living on Bonaire. We want
to give more than take more from our people,
fight crime, give people security and housing.
The way of governing by each government
might differ Bonaireans accept that but after
years of experiencing the bad management and
administration of certain governments, unfortu-
nately, they choose to go back to the same
thing. And year after year this process contin-
ues like this, and naturally things might stay
In our Bonairean anthem we sing that we are
a humble country with defects. I'm always
against that saying. We are a country with a big
capacity and we can do a lot for our country.
We can take the example of our ancestors and
how they did a lot for their country. They built
their own houses with the little money they
had. They raised their children and gave them a
good education. Many of these are profession-
als in Bonaire and other places. If they could,
we can. We can't just sit and let what we long
for come to us. We have to fight for what we
want. Mostly these days it's money that is a
problem, but we are sure we can solve our own
When we were in the government in 2001 we
made a year's accounting that showed with the
taxes that we collect that we can do our own
finances, and when there is need we can ask for
extra income. Every department will get their
budget to work with in a responsible way and
to keep the expenses within it. A good financial
administration will help a government have the
money they need to do whatever has to be
Holland established CFT (a commission to
supervise the finance) to manage the island
finance, which is good. But time will tell that
we don't need Holland or Curacao to prove that
we can do it ourselves. And the CFT control

will tell in the long run that we can. We have
the tax money that needs to go back into the
community, the tourist taxes, economy gains
and more. If we can't stay under Curacao gov-
ernment we could have taken another step,
instead of going back under Holland govern-
ment. If we fight for our rights we will suc-
The member and leader (50) of the Blue
party, Obrero Nobo (new workers), said that
the history of this island has been repeated over
and over again. "Those that the people choose
to lead their government are people whose an-
cestors were from the white race. They were
business minded merchants and this runs
through the blood of their offspring. They don't
understand the feelings and needs of the com-
mon people, the natives of Bonaire itself. A real
native will fight for his country with body and
soul. It's the people's own fault if they suffer
calamity. They chose the high class people and
not the natives to lead their government. We are
sorry that people sell their dignity and pride for
some money so the party can get more votes.
No general interest is shown, only interest in
their personal welfare. Parties have to stop
fighting each other and be an example for their
country. What you reflect will be reflected
among your people too. So the political men-
talities have to change and then the people will
have more self confidence, dignity and will
have the power to change their way of thinking.
The Obrero Nobo party is busy giving infor-
mation to bring back the values and the dignity
of this country. Bad government, corruption
and big money spending shows that we are not
stable, not ready to stand on our own, but that
doesn't mean that we have to subject ourselves
to Holland so they can put in whatever law they
want. Holland has given billions of Euros in
donations to countries like Cuba, Brazil and
Bangladesh. Why can't we, as a colony of Hol-
land, get these donations so we can continue
with a stable economy? They are using us for
their own benefit. The Bonairean government
needs to negotiate for our rights."

With all the discussions about the new consti-
tutional status for Bon-
aire, you can be sure we
will have more articles on
government coming.

0 Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to The Bonaire
Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or
email reporter @bonairenews.com.

aturday, June 21, turned into a great clean up day at SGB. In conversations with
SGB principal Serapio Pop and assistant principal Nolly Oleana it was learned
that graduation had been scheduled for June 26. Before the event could take place,
however, a facelift and cleanup was desperately needed. As The International Bible
Church of Bonaire now has its Sunday services in the high school auditorium, the
church volunteered to get the campus in shape so that the school could put their best
foot forward in showing parents, students, and government officials that residents of
Bonaire care a great deal about its schools. One of the ways to show that is by helping
with the never ending job of keeping school facilities clean.
The time was set to begin at 8am and to work until 12 noon. The school was most
gracious in furnishing snacks for the workers and many of the volunteers furnished
drinks and snacks as well. All agreed that it was well worth the hard work. As the
final hour wound down, everyone could look at the result and say it was a job well
The International Bible Church of Bonaire would like to thank SGB for the opportu-
nity to help. We would also like to thank the various teachers, students, and island
visitors, and most especially SELIBON, for all the hard work to make the school a
very special place for graduation this year. A committee will be formed in the church
for an even better clean up task force next year. Any suggestions that you as a reader
may have will be most welcome. Please contact me at (e-mail) or telephone. 0
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Why Hire an Architect

Y ou want to build your
dream home. You are look-
ing at your empty lot or outdated
home and your brain is thinking of
all sorts of design schemes and
you ask yourself how can I trans-
late those visions into reality?
Thankfully architects can help.
If you are building from the
ground up you need an architect.
An architect will help you formu-
late your program then design the
home according to your program,
create the construction drawings
necessary for securing building
permits, obtain bids from contrac-
tors and evaluate the progress and
quality of construction.
Building a home in Bonaire can
be daunting. There is the language
barrier; Bonaire builders often do
not speak English or Dutch. They
do not have access to a wide selec-
tion of finish materials such as
lighting, hardware, stone, tiles,
plumbing fixtures, exterior win-
dows and doors. They have to
depend on the architect or owner
to supply them with these specifi-
cations, or at least give them the
source and contacts where to buy
The architect you choose should
have experience building on the
island, should be able to converse
in Spanish, Papiamentu, Dutch and
English and have a library of prod-
ucts that he or she can purchase,
expedite and ship to Bonaire. The
voltage requirements in Bonaire
differ from those in the US. There
is also the experience of what can
and can't be built successfully.
You can have an incredibly detail
designed house and the Bonairean
builder may not know how to cope
with the complexity of the details.

So, what is an architect going
to cost?
This depends on the project
budget and the services the archi-
tect will perform. The standard
methods of billing usually range
between 15% to 25% of the total
cost. Other methods of billing such
as hourly and flat sum should be in
the same range.
It is important to recognize that
the architect's fee should be a real-
ized cost in the overall budget for
construction. In the long run an
architect will save you money,
time and will design a home tai-
lored to your needs. An architect
will advise you on materials like
stone countertops that he knows
are a good value and will stand up
to wear and tear. He will recom-
mend mechanical systems that
save energy, are low in mainte-
nance and have proven longevity.
He will recommend lighting that
will enhance the architecture and
carefully locate it where it is
needed. He will site the house on
the property to take most advan-
tage of the views, the light and the
winds with consideration of pri-
vacy from adjoining neighbors and
roadways. He can anticipate how
steep grades can affect pedestrian
and vehicular access to the site and

So, how do I know what ser-
vices I will need?
Typical projects require five ser-
* schematic design
* design development
* contract documentation
* bidding and negotiating
* construction administration

Schematic design: The architect
develops a program with the
owner. This program includes the
basics like how many bedrooms,
bathrooms, etc. Then the architect
learns about the owner's life style
and optimum desires. The archi-
tect familiarizes himself with the
site and any local code require-
ments. The next meeting includes
a presentation of the conceptual
floor plan. The owner responds
with comments, and eventually the
conceptual design is completed
which includes floor plans and
elevations of the house.

Design development: In this
phase the design is refined to in-
clude all specifications from floor-
ing to door hardware. When this is
completed all finishes, lighting,
plumbing, mechanical systems,
solar systems and site plan details
like pools and landscaping have
been determined

Contract documents: Technical
drawings are completed to include
architectural, mechanical, plumb-
ing, electrical and structural de-
sign. These drawings include eve-
rything so that all bids will be
"apples to apples" and there is no
room for allowances.

Bidding and negotiation: The
architect reviews the bids and
makes his recommendation to the
owner. In Bonaire, the selection of
competent contractors is small and
the architect with experience on
the island will generally know
which ones are the most seasoned,
their work load and their abilities
with regard to structure, electrical,
mechanical, plumbing tile installa-
tion and millwork fabrication.

Construction administration:
During construction the architect
visits the site to make sure the
project is built according to the
drawings and answers questions,
sometimes on a daily basis, from
the contractor. In Bonaire, the
architect develops a construction
schedule with the contractor so
that he is there at critical times.
Generally one site visit per month
is required.

Additional services can include
interior design services. The archi-
tect can develop a complete fur-
nishing package that is part of the
overall design and can expedite
the procurement and shipment of
everything. For Bonaire, that has
no comprehensive quality fumi-

ture stores this is a value that
should not be ignored. Not all ar-
chitects provide this service so it is
important to verify the architect's

So, I how do I find right archi-
Interview two to four architects.
A reference is very important. Ask
to see their portfolio which most
have on their own website. Pay
attention to similar projects devel-
oped in Bonaire. Make sure you
feel comfortable when you meet.
This is a long-term relationship so
go by your gut feeling. Do not
make your decision on fees. Those
that are cheaper than the norm are
usually giving you less than what
you need. Make sure you convey
what you want and what you can
afford. Be as articulate as possible
and the right architect will help
formulate the program and under-
stand the process and the work

What do I do if I am not happy
with the design?
Speak up. Quite often it is diffi-
cult for the owner to visualize the
design and most architects see the
vision and can help you under-
stand what you are not seeing. An
architectural model is a good vis-
ual tool that helps the owner get an
immediate three-dimensional per-
spective of the design and should
be part of the architect's scope of

services. If you
feel the architect
is not listening
to you and has
not designed the
plan according
to the program
you may have to
consider cancel-
ing the contract
and staring over.
This can happen,
but is highly
unusual. You
will generally
know if there is
no Karma at
very beginning
of the process.
The important
thing is that you
are happy with
the design and
your architect.
Good Luck! U
Jeffrey Silber-
stein, A.I.A.

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stein grew up in
Curaqao and
has been visit-
ing Bonaire
since the age of
five. He is re-
sponsible for
several homes
and commercial
projects built in
Bonaire. Some
of these homes
can be seen on

his website. One of his homes won
the prestigious American Institute
ofArchitects award for excellence
in design. Mr. Silberstein 's de-
signs have been published widely
and he currently has several pro-
jects on the island.

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Page 8

Tina Woodley, Achim Exner and Sasha van Duyn

Tina Woodley, the first woman world champion power lifter
and bodybuilder, who started her career in Bonaire in the
1970s, is returning to the island. Bonaireans with long memories
may remember she lived here with Dutch artist Peter van Duyn,
who founded the short-lived English-Papiamentu newssheet, The
B 'Naire Weekly. Earlier this month Tina and her daughter, Sasha
van Duyn, returned to Bonaire after 28 years. They were captured
by the beauty of the island and felt a strong desire to be part of
Bonaire's future. Tina felt she had now come full circle. It inspired
her to try to use her experience to create a working network with
Bonaire professionals to enhance all aspects of human wellness.
In addition to Sasha, Tina raised three stepdaughters while study-
ing psychology and pursuing her sports career abroad during the
1980s. After winning the IFBB (International Female Body Build-
ers) European Championship and numerous other titles she became
the owner of a fitness center in Austria, then in Wiesbaden, Ger-
many, where she currently owns an all-ladies fitness studio. She's
a certified Pilates, yoga and physical fitness coach and is a licensed
NLP (Neurological Programming) therapist. She is known to in-
spire the people around her.
It runs in the family. Her brother, Joe Woodley, ran Joe's Gym
on Bonaire for many years then started a fitness center in Aruba.
Like mother, like daughter: Sasha van Duyn became Miss Fitness
Austria in 1994. In the same year she became Miss Fitness Turkey.
However, she followed another dream and pursued a career in the
fine arts and studied at the New York dance academy in Stuttgart
and the Bruckner conservatory in Linz, Austria. After making a
living performing and modeling, she now lives in Los Angeles,
California, were she pursues her acting talents while continuing her
studies in health and fitness. Sasha is the also owner of a fitness
business, and as the exclusive trainer for the Four Seasons Hotel in
Beverly Hills she guides high profile clients like actress Alicia
Silverstone, singer Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire), producer
Lionel Widgram (Harry Potter), director Frank Oz (Start Track,
Stepford Wives) and other well known Hollywood personalities.
On their return to Bonaire in November they will be accompanied
by Tina's fiance, Achim Exner, past mayor of Wiesbaden, who
visited Bonaire for the first time this month. The spirit of Bonaire
seduced him and he'll be looking for his own adventures on the
Sasha has set her heart on helping her mother create a well being
center in Bonaire. They want to bring mental awareness and physi-
cal well being to the Bonaire community. With their therapeutic
backgrounds they plan to offer a program to help relieve stress,
overcome inner obstacles and maintain a balanced and healthy life-
style. Together with her family and the help of the community their
vision is to create a well
being center for all Bon- Tina at her iess
aire. Tina Woodleycen
wants to network with
individuals who are
interested in changing
lives, as she herself is
planning to start a new
chapter. Please contact
Tina with questions or
ideas: Tina.woodley@t-
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great place for the Eels on Wheels organization because they have qualified dive masters to assist our
disabled divers, and their resort is handicapped accessible, which allows our disabled friends to enjoy
the resort at their comfort and convenience. A team of Eels dive buddies and dive masters and the Divi
dive masters always makes for a pleasurable safe experience. We always have qualified divers for our
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an adventure sport and through the Eels on Wheels we are able to take paraplegics, quadriplegics, and
those suffering from other disabilities like multiple sclerosis and stroke victims diving. We pride our-
selves on the ability to help our friends have a great travel experience and through the not-for-profit are
able to have the nurses, attendants, doctors and dive buddies needed for these adaptive divers. The Divi
Flamingo is unique because it is one of the few places in the Caribbean that's in tune with the needs of
disabled divers. As a team we do the best safest diving available. In order to gain the best underwater
experience, it definitely helps to have experienced dive masters direct the dive itself and not be re-
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Memory is often described as
a fluid entity so what better
metaphor for the ebb and flow
of memory than the sea?

I have been snorkeling on
Bonaire's reefs for almost
15 years now and have collected
a huge knapsack of memories,
many of which I consciously
recall (for example when I am in
the dentist's chair awaiting a root
canal) and others that suddenly
surface with little prompting
from me (like during my nightly
snorkels in dreamland). Some I
remind myself on a regular basis
so I don't forget them, like the
time I saw a Rock Beauty
schooling with the Blue Tang at
Windsock, a sight I haven't seen
since. Others float to greet me as
I pass over a memory site. For
example, every time I enter the
channel at Tori's Reef, I stop at
the rocks in the shallows to con-
jure up the octopus I played with
for almost a half hour a year ago.
I have come to believe that snor-
keling is a constant movement in
time between the present and the
past--so much so that the experi-
ence of dtej vu is a frequent oc-
currence on the reef.
The joy of snorkeling is very
much characterized by this pleas-
ure in reverie, something the

English poet William Words-
worth described as "spontaneous
emotion recollected in tranquil-
ity." And there is nothing more
tranquil than floating leisurely
across Bonaire's reefs. But how
these memories enter the mind is
a bit of a curious phenomenon;
after all, one must do more than
float. Some are etched in the
back of the mind through the
element of surprise: like the time
I came upon three Rainbow
Parrotfish and one Midnight
Blue all in the same crevice at
Andrea II after looking for them
unsuccessfully for days. Others
are the result of the unexpected:
never do I expect to see a Spot-
ted Drum in the shallows at
Bachelor's Beach but there one
was under a rock anxious to dis-
prove my expectations. Then
there are those that are mani-
fested from close observation
and study: hover above a reef
long enough and there will be
something your eyes will seize
upon, like a juvenile French an-
gelfish the size of a thumbnail or
a juvenile Trunkfish the size of
the head of a pin. Finally there
are the imprints that come from
incongruence, where something
doesn't quite fit. In this category
I would place the gigantic South-
ern sting ray lolling about in one
foot of water with a school of

and the
into my
face at
time I
I grow
fonder of
them, and
time I snorkel, I gather new
memories to add to the cherished
old ones. Hopefully, when I am
no longer physically able to
snorkel, I can unpack my knap-
sack of snorkeling memories and
comfort myself in the proverbial
rocking chair of old age. U
Pauline Kayes
Kayes is a professor emeritus
in English, Humanities and
Women 's
IL. She is a
part time

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about half the world's reefs experiencing some form of bleaching.
However, a bleached coral is not a dead coral. If the bleaching
event is mild and the corals survive, they may recruit new
zooxanthellae anywhere from a few months to a year after the
disturbance ends. Usually the new zooxanthellae are more resis-
tant to disturbances, resulting in a much more resilient reef. U
Nick Trilla

Trilla is from Boston, Massachusetts. He is
majoring in Global Studies at Providence Col-
lege and will graduate next spring. He studied
Tropical Marine Biology and Scientific Diving
with CIEEResearch Station Bonaire this sum-
mer. www.cieebonaire.org

Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

Page 10

"Why We Need To Protect Them"

Just in case you haven't al-
ready heard... the Parrot-
Watch website (http://
www.parrotwatch.org/) that shows
movies from inside the nests of
Bonaire's wild Loras has just been
updated, and there are now a
whole bunch of new movies and
field reports! So please check out
www.parrotwatch.org and find out
more about what really goes on in
the life of a Lora and indeed that
of a field biologist.
The news from the field this
week I am afraid is not full of par-
rot joy and happiness. First let me
report that in the nests we are
monitoring there are still over 20
chicks. In the last couple of weeks
though quite a few of the nests we
follow have lost chicks and some
nests have failed completely.
When a pair loses all their chicks
they cannot simply lay more eggs
and start again. Their biology
forces them to wait and try again
in the next year.
The recent death of several
chicks has been sad but also frus-
trating as the cause of death in
many cases has not been clear. In
previous years chicks have disap-
peared from nests and we have
recorded the loss as predation or

poaching. Until now we had sel-
dom seen dead chicks in the nest.
This was rather favorable on all
counts because as scientists it is
our obligation to try and get any
information we can from a situa-
tion, even if that involves a chick
that has been dead a few days.
This year it seems some chicks
may have died from a shortage of
food. This natural process happens
early in the breeding cycle and
favors the "production" of fewer
stronger chicks. Some of the dead
chicks have had food in their crops
though, so why did they die? It
may be disease, but it could also
be the result of inbreeding. A rare
species has, by definition, a small
population and when there are so
few individuals some degree of
inbreeding is likely. We hope to
find the answers, but at this point
it's a mystery. U
Sam Williams
Williams is in his third year of
studying Bonaire 's endangered
parrot, the Lora.

W f/ hy We Need to Protect
S Them!" is the impor-
tant message of the 2008 Salba
Nos Lora campaign that was
launched this month on both Bon-
aire and Curacao. At the center of
this campaign is a beautiful new
poster featuring one of the fantas-
tic winning entries of the recent
Salba Nos Lora art competition (at
right, by SGB art teacher Gemma
van der Linden).
Bonaire is one of the last strong-
holds for Loras. They have already
been driven to extinction on Aruba
and the future of the other surviv-
ing populations on the Venezuelan
islands of Margarita and Blan-
quilla are far from secure. On
these islands poaching is rife, and
despite the valiant efforts of Vene-
zuelan conservationists, the future
of Loras is far from certain. Al-
though the population on Bonaire
remains small, we have a great

opportunity to secure the future of
our fantastic birds. As ever, Bon-
aire can lead the way.
Several close cousins of the Lora
live on other Caribbean islands
and all face serious threats. In total
11 species existed. Two of these
are now extinct and all the rest are
considered at risk of extinction by
the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature. The situa-
tion doesn't get any better when
we look globally. More species of
parrots are threatened than almost
any other group of birds. The fate
of parrots worldwide hangs in the
balance and Bonaire has an impor-
tant part to play.
One reason parrot populations
are faring so badly is that they are
slow to reproduce. Each year many
parrots do not even attempt to
breed and if they do they normally
only raise one or two chicks. This
means that, unlike most other

birds, parrots are extremely vul-
nerable to food shortages, disease
and poaching. A few bad years
could spell the end for a small
isolated population like Bonaire's.
Last year diligent researchers on
the island followed 30 Lora nests
from when the first egg was laid
through to when the last chick left
the nest. Of those chicks that
struggled successfully through the
difficult first couple of weeks of
life, one third were poached just
before they left the nest. These
birds were destined for lives in
cages. This is not something to be
proud of. If we want to be sure that
Loras have a future we have to
change our ways. Let's be proud
of our Lora; let's protect them! U
Sam Williams

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Page 11

T he 2008 Caribbean Little
League Baseball Champion-
ships opened under the lights at
Kralendijk Stadium Sunday night
to filled stands. Competing were
nine teams in two divisions:
Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cura-
cao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Mar-
tin, Santo Domingo (Dominican
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One of the cutest
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Bonaire Animal Shelter is
"Jackie." She was one of a
litter of four puppies. Two
of her siblings were sold and
she and her sister, "Jill,"
were brought into the Shel-
ter to be put up for adoption.
Their mother is being steril-
ized so she can lead a life
unencumbered by having
unwanted litters of puppies
in the future.

One of the really nice
things about Jackie is that
because she was with the
family that owns her mother
she was treated very well
and consequently is a well
adjusted, happy pup. She's
so sweet and used to people
and such a friendly one.
Jackie is about three months
old and looks like she's
wearing a tuxedo with white
shoes that contrast so well
with her black wire haired
coat. She'll most likely re-
main a smaller dog but she's
big on personality! Jackie
has been examined by the
vet, has had her shots,
worming and will be steril-
ized when she's old enough.

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On Saturday, July 12, a group of over 40 divers, snorkelers,
and shore support people met to assist with an underwater
cleanup of Bonaire's South Pier (aka Customs Pier). This location
hasn't been included in past cleanups, and, being a commercial pier,
it proved to be much in need of cleaning.
In two hours of diving the group recovered the following trash: 13
pieces of rubber, 85 beer bottles, 55 pieces of plastic, 49 pieces of
metal or metal cans, 34 pieces of monofilament fishing line, 19
pieces of clothing, 6 pieces of wood, 3 shoes, 4 flip-flops, 4 lengths
of pipe, 5 pieces of cardboard, 1 packet of ketchup, 4 pair of under-
wear, 9 lengths of rope, 1 motor, 2 lengths of iron chain, 1 fishing
net, 2 knives, a car battery and a fishing rod.
After the dive all participants and their families enjoyed a pot luck
BBQ. Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the quar-
terly cleanups, provided drinks and main courses, while participants
supplied side dishes.
The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday,
September 20, in conjunction with World Cleanup Day and Bon-
aire's Love our Planet Week. This next cleanup will mark 10 years
of consecutive quarterly underwater cleanups on the island.
Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://
www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/cleanup_dives.html. All are wel-
come. U Press release

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Our Bar offers a new and different bar atmosphere to
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Page 13

While the multiple low cost
underwater monitors dotting
Bonaire's coastline continue to
accumulate data to guide reef
management, they are unknown
and unproven as compared to
lab-quality gear. Earlier this
month they made a debut at a
prestigious reefsymposium.
Project coordinator Tom Rey-
nolds reports:

B onaire's Light and Mo-
tion Sensor Program
(LMSP) took center stage when
Prof Burt Jones, PhD, presented
a project description and pre-
liminary results at the 11th Inter-
national Coral Reef Symposium
(ICRS) last week. This was a
significant symposium dealing
with all aspects of coral reefs.
At the presentation many of
the scientists were impressed
with the cleverness of the rain-
bow sensor concept used to
indicate organic matter in the
water and with the diligence of
Bonaire's volunteers.
Most presentations described
how to figure coral cover more
accurately and how to predict
coral bleaching but not on why
coral cover or fish population
was declining and how to re-
verse these trends.
Dr. Jones indicated that there
were some excellent papers in
other sessions that provided
valuable management informa-
tion. His overall assessment was
that there are three areas where
managing a reef can make it
more resilient (better able to
withstand climate change ef-
Three areas or groupings
where the reef can be effectively
Minimization of mechanical
damage from human
Top down control, meaning
that herbivorous fish popu-
lations are maintained on
the reef.
Bottom up control, where in-
puts of nutrients and other
human-derived contami-
nants are minimized.
In his three points, Jones
points out the mechanisms in


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these three groupings can be
managed. Many are beyond
local control, but many are due
to local human activity. The key
is to differentiate between non-
manageable events (events be-
yond local control) and manage-
able events (local, human-
derived activity).
The first grouping was me-
chanical reef damage. Obvi-
ously, a hurricane can cause
orders of magnitude with more
mechanical damage than a
diver, a boat anchor or the sedi-
ment from construction, but one
cannot manage a hurricane.
Dr. Jones' second grouping
was the herbivorous fish popula-
tion. Obviously some elements
of fish population cannot be
managed while some, like fish-
ing within the Bonaire Marine
Park, can be and is restricted.
The third grouping, bottom up
control, includes introduction of
nutrients and other land-based
contaminants. A nutrient study
consisting of quarterly wet sam-

Front Porch January 2008

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Date (20WS)
Figure 1. Time series from the site at Front Porch. Tempera-
tures in the top panel are from 5 meters (16.5ft., red), 12 m.
(39ft., green), and 20 m. (66ft., blue).

ples can indicate the presence of
elevated nutrients but it cannot
show the cause of the elevated
readings nor indicate if the
source is manageable or unman-
ageable. The Bonaire LMSP
data presented at ICRS showed
the effects of a large nutrient
increase from unmanageable
natural events, including coastal
upwelling along the Venezuelan
coast, and also indications of a
seasonal nutrient increase that
may have a human contribution
and therefore could be managed
and controlled.

Technical Discussion:
If you are interested in the
technical aspects of the project,


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the following section will be
most interesting.
The data presented from
LMSP was based on a newly
developed semi-automatic proc-
ess that provides temperature,
the attenuation of blue light
(Kblue, a measure of water clar-
ity), and the organic index (OI).
Nine of the 13 sites being
sensed by the LMSP were
evaluated; the others are cur-
rently being completed. A fully
automatic process is being pro-
grammed and will be completed
very soon. Data will be avail-
able on the web within two to
three days of it being uploaded
from Bonaire as a result.
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Bonaire Monitor (Contin. from page 14)

Figure 2 Chlorophyll concentration from the MODIS-Aqua sensor. The images are from the same
time as the SST images. Higher chlorophyll water (red is higher concentration) is found near the coast
where the cooler, upwelled water is found. The chlorophyll concentration around Bonaire is higher in
the image from January 20 than it is on January 9.

One example that we presented
was from the site called Front
Porch. A relatively short, but dra-
matic, increase in the OI was re-
corded in January 2008. The or-
ganic index increased over a three
to four day period (Figure 1). The
organic index can increase due to
chlorophyll (phytoplankton bio-
mass), dissolved organic matter
(CDOM), suspended organic parti-
cles or some combination of these.
One might conclude that this was
the result of some form of land
A correspondingly large drop in
temperature provided a clue that
this event was a natural event
rather than a human, land-derived
process. Sure enough, satellite data
showed that the event was a natural
transport of cold, upwelled, nutri-
ent-rich water from the coast of

Figure 2 shows ocean color im-
ages of chlorophyll concentration,
a measure of phytoplankton bio-
mass. Higher chlorophyll concen-
trations are found in the cooler
upwelled water that is flowing
toward Bonaire from the Venezue-
lan coast. Without this data it
would be easy to point a figure at a
land-based source and demand
action. However, that conclusion
would be wrong.
An LMSP finding that could be a
manageable situation. We graphed
all nine sensor locations and no-
ticed that the Kblue tended to rise in
the winter indicating decreased
water clarity.

LMSP: The Future
No other Symposium session
described anything similar to

LMSP or attempted to measure
water quality over multiple loca-
tions. No program, save the Bon-
aire National Marine Park's, was
attempting to collect relevant infor-
mation and management indicators
in all three areas: mechanical, fish
population and water quality. It is
clear that Bonaire has the best un-
derwater park management team
and the best volunteer support
team on the planet.
That doesn't mean we can't do
better. We believe that the filter on
the green sensor can be improved;
we need to cali-
brate the sensors
and relocate the
reference sensor
to make it more
immune from
dive boat wakes.
* Tom Reynolds

t was quite awhile before Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) received any signals from "Wiske," the female Log-
gerhead turtle equipped with a tracking transmitter. Over the last
week the weather over the Caribbean has been very unsettled as a
number of tropical waves moved through one after the other. Trying
to stay optimistic, I had hoped that the bad weather was forcing
'Wiske' to surface less frequently and for very short periods of
time, thereby explaining the lack of signals. For the most part, the
weather has cleared and we received just one signal on Tuesday.
There are any number of possible explanations for the loss of signal
with the failure of the transmitter's antenna being the most likely.
If circumstances change we will keep you posted. Andy Uhr

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Dear Editor:
I am writing in response to the
recent Reporter article on the
perceived increase in drug use on
the island. I have no doubts at all
about the great work the Addic-
tion Care Foundation is doing,
however, the information pro-
vided is incomplete and unfairly
targets laborers and the poor. The
article states "since there is more
construction work more people
without an education are making
more money." This statement
insinuates that less educated
workers are using their extra
money for drugs. That may be so,

but if the study included people
in all economic income brackets
you may find that there is a high
use of illegal drugs in the higher
income and better educated
groups as well. The tests were
conducted at the requests of com-
panies. Did they request tests of
senior management also or was it
just the workers? What drugs did
they test for? Many countries,
including the Netherlands do not
consider marijuana as a nefarious
drug but instead society generally
accepts personal use of this drug.
How many people in senior man-
agement or small businesses
would test positive for weed? I
am sure you will find many edu-

Letters Drug
the Ed itor ontroQuad

cated people are among the con-
sumers of the cheap cocaine
which is widely available on the

The point being that the article
fails to identify the drugs being
used and insinuates that it is a
growing problem in only one
socio-economic sector: poor,
uneducated workers who are
lucky enough to be making more
money due to demand for their
services. That is a very prejudi-
cial and unfair assumption. Pro-
moting such an assumption based
on flawed research may result in
resentment by the people identi-
fied as poor and uneducated
workers and resentment towards
them by the middle class and

We should all support the Ad-
diction Care Foundation and their

efforts to minimize the impact of
drugs on the population of Bon-
aire, however, it is important for
the organization and society to
recognize that drug abuse is not
only a problem faced by less
educated workers. It is a univer-
sal problem which does not rec-
ognize socio-economic bounda-
Firdaus Chinoy


Dear Editor:
It was very disappoint-
ing to see Sam Williams' picture
of the Quad tracks at Gotomeer
in your May 16 issue. The dam-
age these things cause to the
countryside will take many years
to repair itself and Bonaire is
much the poorer for it.

As Williams points out, for a

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visitor the quad is merely enter-
tainment otherwise he would
rent a car. Such entertainment
comes from off-road use and
Bonaire cannot sustain unre-
stricted off-road vehicles.

Basically, the countryside is
being used up to provide fun for
the more mindless of our tourists.

I support Sam Williams in his
call for a dedicated area for off-
road vehicles, though given Bon-
aire's size, it would have to be
pretty small and probably not
very interesting for the kind of
maniacs that wrecked the Go-
tomeer flats. The more practical
idea would be a complete ban on
rentals of quads. Keep them for
people who live and work on
Bonaire and have some sense of
how to use them appropriately.
Jan MacDonald


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Jona Chirino New Manaer of Jon Bonaire
Starting in August, social
worker Jona Chirino-Felida
will take over as manager of Sentro
pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire. Chirino
will replace Bilha Thomas who has
served as manager of the youth
center for five years. Thomas de- .
cided to move from the manager's

bought Larry's Bakery in Noord
In announcing the Chirino ap-
pointment, President of the Jong
Bonaire board, Rene Hakkenberg,
said that Bilha Thomas will remain ..
as a part-time employee at the
youth center, working primarily
with parent programs. "Bilha has
been an important part of Jong
Bonaire from the very beginning, Jona Chirino-Felida, Bilha Thomas and Rene Hakkenberg
and we are very glad that she will
remain a part of our family," said Hakkenberg.
Jona Chirino has worked with Jong Bonaire for a number of years on projects like the KREBO
program where teens are trained to be leaders and helpers in the Bonaire vakantie (vacation) plan
program, also on the Teen Leadership Training program and on other special projects involving
teens and their parents.
"I am looking forward to working full time with the Jong Bonaire team and with the teenagers on
Bonaire," said Chirino. I admire the goals of Jong Bonaire very much and hope that I can help
achieve them," she added. "Working with teens to help them find their interests and reach their
full potential is very exciting."
Since the Jong Bonaire Manager job is a very demanding one, Chirino said that she is resigning
her position as president of the political party PABOSO. "I want to give all my time and energy to
this new responsibility. It is very important that we give attention to our youth at this critical stage
of their development. And if we can keep teens involved and out of trouble, it will be better for
the entire community."
"Jona has been very involved in the community on many levels, especially in the development of
people," said Hakkenberg. "She has worked with Voogdijraad, Guia di Famia, Fundashon
J.O.N.A. and has done trainings for organizations such as B.J.Z, SEBIKI, FESBO and FAJ.
Currently Jona is working at FORMA with young people to complete their school obligation. So
she brings a tremendous amount of experience to Jong Bonaire."
Both Chirino and former manager Thomas will be on hand from August 4 to 8 for inscription of
members at Jong Bonaire. Teens and their parents are urged to pass by the office early in the week
since there is a maximum number of members each school year. U Press release





Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

Page 18



The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is open to the
public. Four-course dinners with wel-
come cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask
for Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man@ telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open

and blackjack, Monday to Saturday

By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh&--6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com


* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive
Resort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo
Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive
Resort, 6-10 pm

* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7 pm

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort


Sunday- Creature Feature- John

and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's
Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family hasjust stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone:
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30
pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at

Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.

New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.

Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.

Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.

Prayer and Intercession Church,
in English. A full Gospel Church
located temporarily at Kaya Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-

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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

Bonaire Reporter July 25-August 8, 2008

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Picture Yourself With The Reporter

North of the Arctic Circle

Oh nice, summer vacation,
long awaited, coming
just a bit late, unfortunately over
in a flash. And then suddenly we
do what our (very early) ances-
tors did their whole lives: we
start wandering all over the
planet, like the drifter gene is
still locked in our genome and
active. When you come back
from holiday everybody asks:
"And how was your vacation?
Where did you go?" A successful
holiday is the one that was a true
adventure. You have seen things
you cannot witness at home.
People pay a lot of money to
come to Bonaire for their vaca-
tion. For adventure they will
seek the sun, sea and nature.
When they go home the evidence
of their trip in the shape of a nice
tan. Stories and photographs will
accompany them.
For really fast people Bonaire
can be "done" in a day. Arriving
in the morning, leaving in the
afternoon. What have you seen
in that day? Maybe a trip around
the island in a vehicle: the south
in the morning, the north in the
afternoon. Or you can do a dive-
or snorkel trip. If you decide to
walk you will not go further than
"downtown" Playa. That would
be the fast food drive-in version
of Bonaire. Judging from the
amounts of cruise tourists flock-
ing to this island it must be popu-
The tourists with a little more
time will seek out Bonaire for
different reasons. First (of
course) there is the obvious: div-
ing and snorkeling. Then you
have all these water-related ac-
tivities: sailing, wind- or kite
surfing, kayaking, swimming,
etc... On land you can go hiking,
mountain biking, touring, and
bird watching (many birdwatch-
ers come here to put the Banana
quit and the Lora on their life-
lists). If you want the in-
activities, there is also plenty of
that on this island: sunbathing,
hanging about in a hammock,
listening to music, or being
struck by the heat and trying to
cool down in the air condition-
ing. Take your pick! There is
something for everybody. You
will need a vacation to recover
from your vacation.
Residents of Bonaire them-
selves also get restless in the
summer and will also go wander-
ing. What do they seek in these
far-away adventures? Could it be
the activities such as diving,
snorkeling, sailing, wind- or kite
surfing, kayaking, swimming,
etc... or the in-activities like
sunbathing, hold on, I am repeat-
ing myself am I not? It gets a bit
strange when your home is a
destination for a holiday for a lot
of tourists. You might even get a
bit smug when you go abroad

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(on a hiking trip): "We do not
mind the rain, we will have
plenty of sunshine when we get
home again." (On or by the sea)
"You call that muddy slush the
sea? No, if you cannot see your
toes anymore it is not fit to swim
in." Or (at the zoo) "Those pale
whitish birds are not Flamingos,
they are supposed to be candy-
pink." But the fact remains that
you are paying a lot of money to
get off this island to seek the
very things you can get on this
Of course there are other good
reasons to leave this island, to be
perfectly honest. But when you
try to explain to other people
why you had to do it, you some-
times get the raised-eyebrows
response. "We went to the States
to do some shopping." Excuse
me? That is a very expensive
shopping trip. But what can you
do when you are in need of a
new musical instrument, new
hiking boots or a winter coat?
"We went to Ecuador to see the
forests." What, you do not have
forests? Other than in the Sahara
and on the poles, people proba-
bly expect to see forests growing
But the main reason to leave is
to meet new people, to smell new
scents, to see new sights because
the restless people get bored eas-
ily even on a paradise island. Not
seeking the new, the adventures,
is very boring in the eyes of your
peers. So we need to find a way
to stay at home and not look bor-
ing doing it. Playing tourist on
your own island is an option.
So where have you been on
your vacation? Oh, about 80
kilometers north of Venezuela,
beautiful weather, nice people
(like we knew them), real re-
laxation, beautiful sea, tremen-
dous nature. We did some div-
ing, snorkeling, swimming, hik-
ing, biking, lying about, and
reading. And the bed we slept in
was magnificent. It was a per-
fect paradise. You should come,
uhm, I mean go
some day!
Mary Ann Koops
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High

Pauline Kayes, part-time resident of Bonaire
and Champaign, Illinois, celebrates her
retirement as a college English professor with
friend Bjorg Holte, deep muscle therapist, by
cruising on the Hurtigruten ship, Trollford, up
the western coast of Norway. After passing the

Arctic Circle in the middle of the night, they de-
cided to keep warm by reading The Reporter.
Highlights of their trip included seeing 1,000 puf-
fins off North Cape, basking in the midnight sun,
and exploring Trolljord to the sound of Grieg's
music. U

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Gaviota Sails Again

T hanks to a years-long labor of love, the tradi-
tional motor fishing boat Gaviota (NB 105)
is back in the water. She's Bonaire's oldest boat.
Originally built of wood around 1941 by John
Philip Fredrik Craane, the son of Bonaire's legen-
dary shipbuilder Jan "Kachi" Craane. It was com-
pletely rebuilt from the keel up and lengthened 7 ft.
by his son, whom he named after himself, but is
better known today as tug boat Captain John, or just
plain "Johnny."
The original 21 ft.-long boat has seen more of the
Caribbean that most boats its size. After a busy ca-
reer fishing around Bonaire, in 1960 it was shipped
as cargo to Sint Maarten when John Philip relocated
to that island where he still lives.
Gaviota spent the next 30 years in the Dutch
Windward Islands until Captain John decided to
have it returned to Bonaire. Imagine his surprise
when Bonaire Customs charged him NAf 500 im-
port duty on the boat which had originally been built
on Bonaire!
The Gaviota still sailed well and made numerous
trips around the island. But her age was showing.
Ten years ago she was hauled out for repair. But
more than repairs were necessary... wooden boats
age fast in the tropics. Originally powered by a
Universal 4 kerosene fuel engine, she now has a
modem Perkins 52 Hp diesel, and corrosion resis-
tant fastenings and fittings.
Her launching was a festive occasion with lots of
beer, friends and family, including Captain John's
three children and two of his grandchildren, B'lana
and Yuma, the great-great-grandchildren of Kachi.
Seawater runs strong in the Craane blood. U G.D. Marie Craane with her son, Yuma, andfriends

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B onaire is welcoming home its victorious
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windsurfing celebrities this week. Among them,
Hawaii resident Karen Baxter, one of the first for-
eign windsurfers to "discover" this windsurf para-
dise, returned with Team Hawaii on July 16. Karen,
a pro windsurf Mom to superstar Connor, arrived
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Comiig Our Way?


In the last issue of The Bonaire Reporter the
"Earthship" project currently underway was men-
tioned. We wanted to learn many more details about it
and that's why we headed to the land where things are
happening: in the Bonairean countryside at the foot of the
Seru Grandi hill. Solymar is the name of the site.
Those who were instrumental in getting the Earthship
concept to come to Bonaire are the owners of the Solymar
land: Michiel Bijkerk, Stanley "Chu-chu" Manuel and
Rob van den Berge.
Here are the first results of their efforts to create a re-
treat resort here. Gradually we learned that this is to be-
come something we've definitely not seen on-island or in
our region yet. You'd better keep reading...

We are told that the Solymar keywords are Eco, Art and
Awareness. About a year ago the developers got to know
the Earthship concept in detail and felt it would fit in just
perfectly with their Solymar retreat philosophy.
At the moment two Earthships are being built. We'll try
to explain later what these (unusual) structures are ex-
actly, but let's first try to draw the big picture of the Soly-
mar retreat.
We can expect a total of 20 Earthships to arise here.
However, there's more. Plans also include a restaurant (in
Earthship-style) and swimming pool (in... well, you
Herbal gardens will provide fresh supplies to the restau-
rant kitchen.
Ten single level units and 10 double level units (one
down, one above) are planned. Each unit is like a one-
bedroom apartment, although comparisons with tradi-
tional construction definitely go wrong. Still, it's as close
as we can get. This number of 30 units gives a good idea
of the scale of the Solymar retreat "coming our way."
There are construction permits for the first two Earth-
ships, but permission for the bigger master plan still needs
to be granted. Therefore, there's no detailed timeframe
available yet that's the Bonairean touch we know.

We spoke to Mike Reynolds, the guy who started mak-
ing the first prototypes of the Earthship around 35 (!)
years ago. He's also known as the "Garbage Warrior" -
Earthships are, for a big part, constructed out of garbage.
The story he told is inspiring, fascinating and yet so sim-
ple. It revolves around the word, logic.
Mike studied architecture once, and from then he started
working out his idea of the Earthships. As he says, "When
I started this, people at first thought I was an idiot; years
later they thought I was an environmentalist. I'm neither
one of 'em. What we are doing with the Earthships is
simply trying to respond logically to issues that are there.
We all know that the world will run out of oil one day, so
the logical response would be to be prepared. We all pro-
duce garbage while living, so why not use it where it
makes sense?"

The Earthships do not need nor have a connection to
WEB for electricity and water as no energy is needed for
cooling and heating (the latter is not applicable to the
Bonairean Earthship version). Constant temperature lev-
els come from earth itself from deep down. Electricity
needed for refrigerators and so comes from solar power.
Water is free because it falls out of the sky and is called
rain. You just have to make sure that there are enough
sources for getting and keeping it. Besides that, water that
was used for a first time can be used a second time for
flushing the toilet. Later, it helps in growing your garden.
The garbage used for building the Earthships consists of
old tires, cans, bottles, and cartons.
Mike himself has been living in Earthships for the last
20 years, and before that in prototypes of it. When we
asked him if he could still live in a "normal" house he
said yes, but he would most probably start changing
things in the place from day 1. Sustainability is in his
And not only his. The crew that he brought is composed
of a group of people who live life "Earthship style" also.
Daily routine is working their asses off (halfway lunch is
catered by Norka), welcoming the "Beer Goddess" at the



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end of the day when she arrives, and having (more than) a
couple of beers. After that it's dinner followed by bed.
Next day it's getting up and doing the same thing over
The energy, speed and fun these guys (and girls!) work
with is simply impressive. They are joined by a group of
trainees (slogan: "you must unlearn what you have
learned") who work as volunteers but gain great experi-
ence, big fun and good knowledge about the Earthships.
Who knows? It's a recipe for being able to build their
own Earthship later or join Mike's crew one day.
And then, there is the local workforce, the men who
work for Sidney Manuel. They all work hard and with the
very same inspiration and fun as the rest of the crew.
Positive energy is around. Mike referred to Jopie (Taxi
10) as the most experienced "bottle block layer" of Bon-
aire now.

The Garbage Warrior and crew will definitely return to
Bonaire. The local crew has not yet been able to acquire
all the technical knowledge to complete the rest of the
Earthships themselves, but that will be taken care of when
Mike and crew return. For those who would be interested
Mike said that trainee positions would be available then.
The crew will leave Bonaire on July 27, returning home
to Taos, New Mexico, for a couple of weeks, where most
of them will continue to work on the concept in some way
as well. Then it's off to the next Earthship construction
project (by coincidence in Holland, near Zwolle). They
have had this lifestyle for years now and have built in
many places around the world, like Spain, Nicaragua,
Jamaica, Scotland. The list is endless already.
We asked Mike what the greatest location was where he
has built. It was in Bolivia at an altitude of 5,000 feet,
because there he experienced the most challenging condi-
tions until now.
It worked.

We heard a critical comment rising on-island about old
tires being imported from Cura9ao for the project. Indeed,
extra tires had to be brought in because the preparation
timeframe was too short to get them all from Bonaire
itself. Still, human produced garbage was used, whether it
was from here or from Curacao. However, with the con-
tinuation it is going to be taken care of, and the island's
tire shops may expect frequent pickup visits.

We don't want to get this story
too long and The Bonaire Reporter
too thick. For further technical de-
tails about the Earthship concept
(and generally, anyone with interest
in true innovations) please visit
www.earthship.net. U
Marcel Leurs

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look like a giant fish hook. In fact in Polynesian legend it was said that the god
Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands up out of the ocean with this very same sky
hook. Today, however, this pattern of stars is generally depicted the way the an-
cient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans saw it a great cosmic scorpion whom we
officially call Scorpius. And as I say, every summer this is one of the few constel-
lations which really looks like its name. Because even the star Antares, which
marks the scorpion's heart, is bright red and one of my personal favorites not only
because of its color but also its majestic size.
If we look to the left of Scorpius we see another bright group of stars, which if
we draw lines between them make a very nice teapot. But this teapot is actually
part of a much larger constellation, the ancient mythical creature, half man / half
horse, the centaur archer Sagittarius. And this year, right behind the handle of
Sagittarius' teapot is the largest of the planets, Jupiter, which we rightfully call
the king. But if Jupiter is a king, the heart star of Scorpius, Antares, is an emperor
because if we compare the two the difference between them is rather staggering.
For starters Jupiter is 88,000 miles wide while Antares is a whopping 600 million
miles wide. But to really put this in perspective let's start with our Earth, which is
a mere 8,000 miles wide, so small we could fit over 1,400 Earths inside Jupiter.
But now let's compare Jupiter to our own star, the Sun, which is 865,000 miles
wide, so huge we could fit 924 Jupiters inside it. But that's nothing because
Antares is so gigantic we could fit over 333 million of our Suns inside it. Or try
this on for size. If we could place Antares where our Sun is it would reach out past
the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars and way beyond, almost 3/4 of
the way to Jupiter. But if Antares is so incredibly much bigger than Jupiter why is
Jupiter brighter? Simple answer: Jupiter is much closer. In fact if we measure dis-
tance to cosmic objects in terms of the speed of light, which travels 186,000 miles
per second, Jupiter is only 34 light minutes away, which means it takes its light
only 34 minutes to reach us. Antares on the other hand is so much farther away,
600 light years, that it takes 600 years for its light to reach us. Which means we
see Jupiter as it actually existed 34 minutes ago but we see Antares as it existed
600 years ago.
So get out some night the next couple of weeks about an hour after sunset, face
south, find the stars which make up Scorpius, plus the stars which make up Sagit-
tarius and right behind it the bright light that is Jupiter. Then compare the king of
the planets to magnificent Antares, an emperor of stars. U JackHorkheimer

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July (end) 2008

ARIES: March 20th April 20th A new Moon in your domestic sector signals a wonderful
time to connect with close family members. Also, while your ruler Mars powers up your house
of health, this could be a time when you choose to begin a new diet or daily regime. Whatever
you do now will influence your family members. Even simple things like making healthy
choices will inspire others. People are watching you now and will follow your lead.
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st This New Moon lights up your house of communication, so
you can expect to be stimulated by sharing your thoughts and ideas. What you have to say now
will impact the lives of others. However, the full Moon challenges you to choose your words
carefully in an effort to avoid unnecessary confusion and confrontations. This is a great month to
practice the power of positive thinking! Also don't over commit to other's requests before con-
sidering all your options.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st With your ruler Mercury in your sign, you'll be most curious
and interested in things that help you learn. Conversations, lessons, media, magazines will help
you gather the data you need to network your talents and worth. Others love and need your inde-
pendent thinking, so share your thoughts and communicate all you can! Money will be an issue
this month. You may experience a sudden shift in values or decide it's time to cut back on unnec-
essary expenses so that you can enjoy new things that promise pleasure.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd The New Moon in perfect alignment with both Venus and
Jupiter allows you to attract fortunate situations and people into your life. While many will be
drawn towards your new found courage and confidence, there may be someone quite special
entering your personal arena now. However, the full Moon promises some emotional commo-
tion, so you'll need to keep excessive feelings under wraps to make the best of things.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd The new Moon in your house of seclusion promises blissful
experiences while taking time away from fast paced affairs. You're a bit romantic and dreamy
now and in search of soft surroundings, so pick up a great book or head to the beach. Sharp
shooter Mars will bring you back down to reality quite soon. Once it teams up with serious Sat-
urn, this dynamic duo will help you determine to put your financial affairs in order. Suddenly you
feel the need to be more accountable or sustainable!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd With your ruler Mercury zipping thru your profes-
sional house and Mars entering your sign, you'll have extra energy to tackle career de-
mands. Since you're most interested in getting ahead now you'll easily find new opportunities
that lead you closer to your goals. Although friends will seek your company, it's best to keep on
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd A new Moon and your ruler Venus in your house of
professional matters is a sign that new career opportunities are about to open up for you. This is a
time when you'll receive kudos for the hard work you've done. Others notice your tack and di-
plomacy at work; so do what you can to win important people over. Romance can be found with
someone you respect a great deal, who could be a bit more accomplished than you.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd A new Moon in your house of travel and foreign
affairs will inspire you to try new things. You may find sudden cravings for ethnic food or cul-
tural experiences. It's also good time to plan a trip or catch up with distant loved ones. If you're
looking for romance, you'll find it with someone who can broaden your horizons somehow.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st Feisty Mars in critical Virgo demands you
do more and be more! Your only real challenge this month is to keep focused on developing your
expertise instead of trying to prove others wrong. Venus promises delightful times while travel-
ing or in the company of stimulating others. Your only challenge this month is to watch your
cash flow.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th The new Moon in your house of partners will
help you enliven your relationships. Make time for loved ones and organize some serious fun.
With Venus in the cozy sign of Cancer, a family minded guy turns you on most! However, you
can't afford to be blindsided or overly optimistic about others. The full Moon indicates someone
close may let you down. If you think others are being insensitive or not listening to you, you're
probably right!
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th A new Moon in your house of wellness means
that bettering your health should be foremost on your mind this month. If single, you'll find ro-
mance with someone that has the same positive thoughts and needs you do. If you already have
someone you could be their 'motivator'. Otherwise, you'll be most attracted to others that moti-
vate you!
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th The New Moon in your house of romance and creative
pursuits while Mars enters your house of partners, promises a sudden shift in your heart's de-
sire. This is one of the best months to fall in love, especially with an artist or someone who en-
joys the same entertainment you do. The full Moon might make someone a tad jealous because
they wish they could be you. All envy aside; this month you'll discover a chance to learn how to
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